Wednesday links: Continuity, revision for pantsers, and historical accuracy

I love regularly reading tips and advice articles in certain subjects — particularly writing and publishing. I don’t always need the information right then, but I know that it’ll eventually come in handy. Or at least, I hope it will.

I know there are a lot of other people out there who feel the same way I do, but sometimes it can be difficult to find every useful advice article that’s out there. So I thought I’d bring you a few. Here are the tips and advice articles that jumped out at me the most over the past week.

1. Continuity Goofs: Avengers, Hunger Games and Your Novel, from Fiction Notes: Continuity mistakes are some of the easiest to make–and for good reason. It can be difficult to keep track of all of the little details in your novel. Here are some tips that may help. Excerpt: “Fast forward to the second book featuring Tameka in search of a wooden woman. Again, Tameka writes a letter, but this time, Cepeda drew her right handed. Because of my lie, I realized immediately that we had a continuity error, and Joe redrew a small portion of the image to make her left-handed again.”

2. Revision for Pantsers, from Pub Crawl: I’m not a pantser myself, but I’ve always had an interest in how someone can work that way. This post is a good overview of one revision method pantsers may prefer to use. Excerpt: “Here’s the thing about revision: I hate it. I am Team First Draft; I like the process of discovery and the blank page. For me, not knowing how a book will turn out is the most exciting thing of all.”

3. Historical Accuracy and Creator Accountability, from Writing With Color: Think about the last historical novel, movie or TV show that you read/watched. How diverse were the characters? In this post, the Writing With Color staff make a good point about diversity in historic settings. Excerpt: “The creators of the show, rather than accepting responsibility for 1. choosing the setting of the show in the first place or 2. their own casting choices, say, “Hey! That’s just historically accurate, there WERE no PoC ‘back then’!!””

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